Manor House, Hampshire
The project is a country Manor House built in the early 20th Century in Hampshire. There have been limited alterations to the original structure and the present owners wished to carry out extensive refurbishment of the house and provide a new master bedroom suite and swimming pool wing. Other buildings within the grounds have been altered and refurbished as staff accommodation.
The house is arts and crafts in its origin and the elevations have been carefully fully restored. The new extensions utilise a sense of John Ruskin’s concept of ‘changefulness’. Ruskin believed also that human needs should dictate how buildings were designed and craftsmen should be free to adapt and to change rather than follow a rigid style. This principal of ‘changefulness’ was also an important influence on Arts and Crafts thinking.
The East wing extension is sympathetic to the style and houses a large pool and changing rooms with guest facilities over at first floor level. Whilst the west wing extension provides a large master bedroom suite.
A new equestrian facility has been built with state of the art facilities for dressage including a horse pool. The former pool house has been converted in to a two bedroom guest cottage and the existing estate houses have been refurbished. A feature lake has been constructed in the grounds to complete views from the house.